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Adrian Gonzalez plays catch for the first time since shoulder surgery

Jan 19, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

Good news for Red Sox fans. According to Buster Olney of, Adrian Gonzalez tossed a baseball with his brother Edgar Gonzalez on Monday, the first time he has played catch since undergoing right shoulder surgery.

After Gonzalez underwent the procedure in October, he said in a radio interview that he may not be cleared to swing a bat for 4-5 months. The low-end of that timetable would have pushed him back into the first week of spring training, but according to Olney, “the sense is that he might be ahead of schedule.” In fact, barring any setbacks, Gonzalez could begin swinging a bat by sometime in late February.

According to Olney, Gonzalez may head to the Red Sox spring training facility in early February in order to continue his conditioning and shoulder work. This situation bares watching, but for now, it sounds as if he is progressing quite nicely.

  1. baseballisboring - Jan 19, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    4-5 weeks*

  2. uzi978 - Jan 19, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Can’t wait for the season to begin, if everyone is healthy it should be a fun year 😀

  3. bigharold - Jan 19, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Sort of sounds like “Hey everybody Adrian Gonzalez is alive and breathing”.

    He”.. tossed a baseball with his brother.. “.. might be ahead of schedule..”, .. “..sounds as if he is progressing quite nicely.”

    Is there anything in this that actually says anything? This makes the “Andy Pettitte hasn’t decided yet” stuff look dramatic.

  4. uzi978 - Jan 19, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Andy’s just trying to see if he can get his HGH shipment in time for Spring Training.

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